"A tremendous, positive, constructive force and a talented strategist."
Ward is "an accomplished litigator...." "[a]rticulate in the courtroom", "he is commended for his courtroom skills, with clients. . . praising his ability to 'distil technical concepts into an easily understandable form.'"
Ward has "the unique ability to get inside the other parties' strategy."
"Clients 'think very highly of' Ward who is highly sought for his expertise in litigation related to antitrust and technology matters." He "is regarded as a strong presence in the marketplace."
Edward D. (Ward) Johnson is a litigator who represents clients in complex commercial litigation, antitrust, intellectual property and trade secret disputes as well as in large scale consumer class actions. Ward, who serves as partner-in-charge for the firm's Palo Alto office, has successfully handled jury and bench trials, and argued appeals, ranging from high stakes commercial litigation to libel and criminal cases.
Ward “has finely honed trial expertise as a result of his exposure to complex commercial, IP and antitrust cases. ‘He is the consummate IP professional. His strategic skills when looking at the battle landscape are exceptional, and he brings creativity and out-of-the-box thinking to the table.’” IAM 1000 (2016).
Ward has "a great understanding of the business realities we face," and is "very good at identifying obstacles and solutions." Chambers USA 2014. "He is a very smart guy and a tough opponent." Chambers USA 2015. Described as a “strategic thinker,” he is praised for his ability to “think creatively and make outside-the-box arguments.” Chambers USA 2016
Ward regularly serves as lead counsel in class actions involving technology and privacy issues. He is frequently consulted where antitrust and technology issues converge, acting as lead counsel for license programs holding essential patents relating to a technology standard and obligations to license on FRAND terms. Ward has won several post-eBay injunctions on behalf of technology innovators.
He also has provided antitrust advice in obtaining merger clearance from US federal, state and European regulators for major transactions in the mass media, oil, pharmaceutical and retail industries (e.g., Universal/PolyGram, Sony/Cineplex Odeon, BJ Services/Western, BJ Services/Nowsco, American Home Products/American Cynamid, Stop & Shop/Royal Ahold and Food 4 Less/Ralphs).
Prior to joining Mayer Brown, Ward served as Deputy Solicitor General of New York State; and as Law Clerk to the Honorable John D. Butzner, Jr., US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit.